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#BringThemHome: Pablo Vivas, Fulfilling a Dying Mothers Wish

Pablo made a promise to himself, he'd make his mother proud by getting a college degree. He left to Mexico in 2012 to pursue that promise, however was met with roadblocks. He's now ready to come home and make his mother proud. BringPabloHome

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Sample script: “Hi, I am calling to ask ICE to grant humanitarian parole to Pablo Vivas, who moved to California when he was 5 years old. He lost hope and returned to Mexico in 2012, but California is his home. Pablo missed DACA by a few months; Dreamers like him should have a way to come home. Please grant him humanitarian parole immediately!"

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The Petition

To John Sandweg, Acting Director of ICE:

I write to ask that you grant humanitarian parole to Pablo Vivas, and allow for him to come home to his family in California. Pablo is one of many Dreamers who was raised here in the United States, yet was forced to go back to his birth country. Pablo is ready to come home, I urge you to grant his parole request allowing him to do so.

Pablo considers the United States to be his home. Now 21, his family moved to California when he was just five years old; "they told me we’re going to Disneyland!" Wanting to give their children a better life, the trip to Disneyland turned into the Vivas family moving to California for good.

Within a few years of moving Pablo’s family began to adjust, his parents were working hard and he was excelling in school. Soon the family had their own house and life, Pablo fell in love with school finding himself moving into advance classes. Life was not as easy for his brother, who fell in with the wrong crowd. In July of 2006, Pablo’s brother was shot and killed, the victim of gang-violence.

"My brother’s life taught me so much. I learned from his mistakes and made it my goal to become a better example for my sister." In high school Pablo enrolled in Air Force, ROTC. "I wanted to learn to be a good leader, a responsible person." Pablo received multiple accolades which lead to an opportunity to travel to Australia; "it was then that I was once again forced to face my reality. Now knowing I was not like the rest of my peers, I started to lose hope in my future."

In February of 2009, Pablo made a promise to his mother, who was dying from cancer. "I promised myself I would not only graduate from high school, but also college." Despite a top score on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test, Pablo was unable to join the Air Force because of his legal status. After just two semesters in college Pablo had to drop out.

In 2012 the decision was made to return to Mexico. "My father had lost his job, I couldn’t go to school anymore and things were hard." His family situation and the fact that legislation was nowhere on the horizon led Pablo to the decision to leave. "I had no other choice."

Pablo came to Mexico with the hopes of being able to make his mom proud, go to college and get a degree. He spent his first year in Mexico City working at a call center. Adjusting to life has been hard, "here police extorting you for money is a normal thing, and the worst part is you can’t report it to anyone."

After a year and some months Pablo realizes things will never been normal for him in Mexico because California is his home. I urge you to grant Pablo’s request for parole, and that you allow for him to come home.

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